Bang & Olufsen collaborations are renowned for showcasing rich, full-bodied sound and innovative design. In the past, the Danish brand has brought us exclusive collections in partnership with the likes of Saint Laurent and Supreme, and more recently, a collaboration with Michael Anastassiades has brought us one of the most groundbreaking speakers to date – the Beosound Edge.
Collaborations give them the opportunity to “challenge themselves”, but more importantly, “to find more ways to make beautiful music”. Today, they take it a step further by announcing a new collection with cult-classic director, screenwriter, artist and musician, David Lynch.
The enigmatic director, most well-known for his take on Twin Peaks, Wild at Heart and Mulholland Dr., is a visionary artist. His exploration of nature’s dark side with his uniquely disturbing and mind-bending visual work has lent him the title of the most distinctive, lauded filmmaker of the past 40 years. Active in painting, sculpture and music, his films tap into cinema’s potential to linger with and within you long after the screen fades to black.
Ever the creative polymath, Lynch began creating lithographs at Idem, the iconic printing studio in Paris that has been the workshop for the likes of Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. Lynch’s first 12 lithographs made at Idem became known as the “Paris Suite” – and now, over 10 years later, he is revisiting his work with Bang & Olufsen through a limited-edition design featuring one of the Paris Suite prints.
The special-edition speaker collection includes a very limited number of the iconic Beoplay A9, a powerful music streaming system, and Beosound Shape, a wall-mounted wireless speaker system for design-conscious music lovers. The Beoplay A9 features artwork from the Paris Suite lithographs and will be available in only five pieces, each of them hand-signed by David Lynch. The Beosound Shape features artwork from Lynch’s 1970s “War Between the Shapes” art series and only one will be available, on view at MoMA Design Store’s Soho location from October 10 to November 11 as part of an immersive and interactive pop-up experience inspired by imagery from David Lynch’s films.
Designed to enhance the audio experience both inside and outside of the home, this exclusive collection also includes Beoplay M5, a powerful, wireless speaker with True360 Bang & Olufsen Signature Sound that seamlessly connects spaces in multiple rooms. Completing the collection is the Beoplay P2, a truly personal and fully portable speaker, with rich, full-bodied sound and smart-connect features activated with a tap or a shake. Both Beoplay M5 and Beoplay P2 feature artwork from the War Between the Shapes series. David Lynch’s signature is laser-engraved on the top of the Beoplay M5 speaker and printed on the bottom of the Beoplay P2.
The collaboration marks the continued collaboration between Bang & Olufsen and David Lynch, a self-proclaimed long-time patron of the company. “I’m honoured to be part of this special collaboration,” says David Lynch. “Bang & Olufsen has always been known for great sound and great design.”
The collection will debut in conjunction with a Bang & Olufsen pop-up at MoMA Design Store, Soho in New York City. “MoMA has a long history of working with David Lynch, and a number of Bang & Olufsen objects are in The Museum’s permanent collection,” says MoMA Design Store Director of Merchandising, Emmanuel Plat. “Because of these connections, it was a natural fit for MoMA Design Store to premier this unique collaboration.”
In the UK, the collection will be launched exclusively at Harrods in London and will be available online and throughout selected Bang & Olufsen stores at a later date.
Revisiting his Paris Suite with Bang & Olufsen has given Lynch a new perspective on his work, not just from the vantage point of looking back at what he created 10 years ago, but also seeing something so familiar in a new context.
“The thing is that a lot of art wouldn’t maybe lend itself to going on a speaker. But those really look cool,” Lynch says. “There are some things that I’ve done that could be reproduced and put onto other things, and so it opens up a whole world of possibilities.”